Firefox is my current web browser of choice. I use Google Chrome sparingly, because it’s gotten so bloated and resource-intensive that I can’t leave it running. Perhaps that will change; it wasn’t that long ago that Chrome seemed like the best choice.
I still use Opera and Vivaldi for certain specific activities. And while there’s still no way I can stop using Internet Explorer altogether, I only do so when absolutely necessary. I avoid Edge completely, as it seems hopelessly buggy. There are other alternatives, but for now, Firefox is my main browser.
The latest version of Firefox is 71.0. The new version improves some existing features and adds a few more. Several bugs are fixed, including some security vulnerabilities.
New in Firefox 71.0
- The integrated password manager, which Mozilla calls Lockwise, now differentiates between logins for different subdomains. If you have one login for
subdomain1.domain.comand another for
subdomain2.domain.com, they will no longer be conflated.
- Lockwise will also now display a warning if it finds one of your passwords in a list of potentially compromised passwords.
- The Enhanced Tracking Protection feature will now show a notification when Firefox blocks cryptomining code. You can see what Firefox is blocking by clicking the small shield icon at the far left of the address bar.
- You can now view video in a floating window using the Picture-in-picture feature. Look for a small blue button () along the right edge of a video and click it to pop out the PiP window.
Eleven security vulnerabilities are addressed in Firefox 71.0. None of them are ranked as critical, and there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that any have been used in actual attacks. Still, it’s best to close those holes before they can be exploited.
How to update Firefox
Check which version of Firefox you’re running by navigating its ‘hamburger’ menu (at the top right) to
About Firefox. If you’re not running the latest version, you should see a button that will allow you to upgrade.